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President Wyatt appoints
to serve as ASU System General Counsel
Oct. 3, 2007 --
Dr. Les Wyatt, president of the Arkansas State University
announced today that he has appointed Jonesboro attorney Lucinda
serve as General Counsel. She will join the ASU System office staff,
effective Jan. 1.
Although she will be based in Jonesboro, McDaniel will provide
services and counsel to all of the campuses associated with the ASU
including Beebe, Mountain Home, Newport, Searcy, Heber Springs and
While the university has retained counsel throughout its
this is the first time it has employed a full-time attorney on staff.
decision was driven by a sharply increased work load and need for legal
services throughout the system of campuses.
"The workload and demand for legal services has increased as we have
campuses," Wyatt said, "and we have important contractual matters as
added research activities in conjunction with the Arkansas Biosciences
Institute at the Jonesboro campus."
The choice of McDaniel to serve as university counsel was a logical one,
"Lucinda has worked with ASU for many years as the university's
attorney through an arrangement with her law firm. She has had a very
productive association with us in the past," Wyatt commented. "She has
represented Arkansas State University and its components with integrity
success in her previous dealings for us, on faculty, staff and
"She has a great deal of credibility within the legal community,
she has had high commendation and regards from other attorneys, from
and from the state attorney general's office, with which she interacts
university attorney," he added.
McDaniel said she is very enthused about her expanded role with ASU.
"I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as University Counsel
the ASU System," McDaniel said. "I have worked as part-time counsel to
my entire legal career and look forward to being able to devote my full
efforts to all the campuses in the system."
An alumna with bachelor's and master's degrees in education from ASU,
McDaniel also has a highly visible leadership record in the community.
is in line to become chair of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce
the group's annual meeting Thursday evening. Her Chamber work also
chairing the ASU Committee, and she has served on the board of United
McDaniel has been a partner with the firm of Womack, Landis,
McNeill and McDaniel since 1989. This firm has a long history with the
institution, having provided legal representation to ASU for more than
years. The firm will continue to provide outside legal services to ASU
A native of Jonesboro, McDaniel's legal practice has focused on civil
administrative litigation. She has served as president of the Craighead
County Bar Association, a member of the executive committee of the
Bar Association, and president of the Arkansas Association of Defense
She has served on committees of the American Bar Association, and as a
member of the Arkansas State Board of Law Examiners. Her awards include
Golden Gavel Award from the Arkansas Bar Association for outstanding
to the profession, the W. A. Eldridge Jr. Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer
Award, and selection as a Mid-South Super Lawyer.
She and her husband Mike are residents of Jonesboro. Her parents are Dr.
Mrs. Eugene W. Smith.
The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Board of
at the next meeting, scheduled for Dec. 7 at ASU-Beebe.
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